12 reasons you should care about mental health

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29-11-2017

There’s tons of stories in the news and on social media about mental health but, let’s be honest, how many people skim past them and think it’s not a subject that directly affects them.

In fact, some of the stats surrounding mental health paint a very different picture. We’ve collated 12 reasons which highlight why it should be an issue on everyone’s radar:

  • More than 1 in 4 of us will be affected by mental ill health at some point in our lives
  • 1 in 6 British workers are said to be dealing with stress, anxiety or depression at any one time
  • Common mental health conditions including stress, anxiety and depression among employees add up to an estimated 70 million sick days every year in the UK
  • Mental health issues are now the leading cause of sickness absences from work in the UK
  • A survey by mental health charity Mind found that 95% of those workers who had taken time off due to workplace stress had given a different reason to their boss
  • Mental ill health costs UK employers over £30billion a year, due to lost productivity, recruitment and absence
  • In 2015 there were 6,639 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland
  • The highest suicide rate in the UK is for men aged 40 to 44
  • Male suicide rates are consistently higher than females in the UK and Republic of Ireland - 3 times higher in the UK and 5 times higher in Ireland
  • Suicide rates in the UK among females are at their highest level in a decade
  • 1 in 10 children have a diagnosable mental health disorder - roughly 3 children in every classroom
  • Half of all mental health issues manifest by the age of 14 - 75% by the age of 24. 3 in 4 children do not get access to the support they need

Here's what LionHeart is doing to help improve mental health and wellbeing among RICS professionals. Read more:

LionHeart’s mental health in property project, the John O’Halloran Initiative

Counselling through LionHeart

Mental health awareness workshops

Wellbeing workshops

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